Winston Churchill’s 1941 Christmas Eve Address

On December 24, 1941, Winston Churchill joined Franklin Roosevelt in Washington D.C. to plan for war. For England the blitz was on and the island nation stood alone. For the United States Pearl Harbor was three weeks prior and the war was joined. That night Franklin Roosevelt lit the nation’s Christmas tree for the ninth […]

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What I Mean When I Say Chinook Salmon

This poem by Geffrey Davis appears in this week’s New York Times Magazine. My father held the unspoken version of this story along the bridge of his shoulders: This is how we face and cast to the river — at angles. This is how we court uncertainty. Here, he taught patience before violence — to hold, […]

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Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Reading the novels of David Mitchell can ruin you for his genre, which I can only and insufficiently describe as scifi-fantasy-thriller-postmoderism (but not really any of those). In fact, The Bone Clocks might ruin you for just about any contemporary fiction genre, and if it doesn’t, the remarkable and astonishing Cloud Atlas certainly will. That being said, […]

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